Easter is a wonderful time of year when many people gather around the table to celebrate with family and friends. Such a special meal deserves a beautiful show-stopping dessert as a grand finale!
These beautiful decorated gum paste eggs will make the perfect end to any Easter celebration!
Eyelet and lace gum paste eggs make the perfect finishing touch for an elegant Easter cake design. They’re delicate and detailed, but still whimsical and playful with their candy-colored backs. The eggs can be made well in advance and stored in an airtight container until needed.
Gum paste Easter eggs tutorial
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- Rolling pin
- Gum paste: white, yellow, pink, and blue
- Eyelet cutters, small flower cutters, or piping tips
- Docking tool
- 2 1/2-inch egg molds
- Lace texture mat or mold
- Small knife
- Piping bag
- #1 piping tip
- Royal icing (Use your favorite recipe, or the one from my class, Delicious Decorations: Chocolate Flowers.)
- Corn starch
Roll white gum paste to about an 1/8-inch thick. Dust your surface with cornstarch if the gum paste is sticky. Use the docking tool, eyelet cutters, small flower cutters, or the tops of small piping tips to create your pattern. Be creative! I created my floral patterns based on eyelet lace and ribbon, but you can use anything that inspires you.
Lift up your gum paste and drape it over the opening of one of the egg molds. Gently press the gum paste into the mold to create the egg shape. Move slowly! This may take a little gentle pushing and pulling to get your pattern into the egg cup without a lot of distortion. Use one hand to steady the gum paste in the egg mold while you trim away the excess gum paste with your other hand. Don’t worry if the edges aren’t completely perfect, we’ll address that later. Repeat the same process to create two more eyelet egg patterns.
Roll white gum paste to about an 1/8-inch thick. Use a lace texture mat or mold to impress a pattern onto the gum paste. Press the piece of gum paste into an egg mold and trim away the excess just as in step two. Repeat the same process to create two more lace eggs.
Create the egg backs by rolling the colored gum pastes to an 1/8-inch thick, pressing them into the egg molds, and trimming away the excess just as you did in the steps above. Set aside all of your egg components to dry until they are completely firm. This could take a few hours, up to overnight, depending on the humidity where you live.
Pop the colored egg pieces out of the egg molds and then place them back in. This is to make sure the gum paste hasn't stuck to the mold before we begin to assemble our eggs. Fill a piping bag fitted with a #1 tip with royal icing. Pipe a thin line of icing along the edge of one of your colored eggs. Place a lace half on top, lining up the edges. Fill in any gaps with a little more royal icing. Repeat with the other eggs. Let the royal icing set up completely before moving on.
Roll white gum paste to about an 1/8-inch thick. Cut strips from the gum paste that are a little less than 1/4-inch wide. Use the docking tool to create a stitch pattern up the center of your strips. Pipe a thin line of royal icing along the seam of an egg. Cover the seam with one of your gum paste ribbons. Start the ribbon at the bottom, so that the ribbon seam sits at the base of your egg, or start the ribbon at the top and cover the ribbon seam with a small bow or sugar flower. Besides making a ribbon, you can also cover your seams by using the royal icing to pipe simple patterns over where the edges of the eggs meet.
For an added layer of design, pipe royal icing details like dots or stitches onto your eyelet and lace eggs. I used my eggs to top a simply decorated fondant covered cake, but they would also work perfectly as gorgeous little cupcake toppers. Have some fun and personalize your lace eggs! Mix up the colors, cut different patterns, or try a variety of texture mats. Use whatever tools you have on hand to create a one-of-a-kind custom design.
Save an egg or two after the cake has been served and display them in decorative egg cups! Create timeless cakes with exquisite antique detailing and eye-catching lace and burlap textures!
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